Maldivian joint opposition presidential candidate Ebrahim Mohammad Solih speaks to the media at the end of the presidential election day in Male, Maldives September 23, 2018. Image Credit: Reuters

Colombo: Maldives opposition leader Ebrahim Mohammad Solih has declared victory in Sunday's presidential election, urging strongman incumbent Abdullah Yameen to ensure a peaceful transition of power and immediately release scores of political prisoners.

"I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power," Solih said on national television shortly after official results showed he had an unassailable 58 per cent of the popular vote.

"The message is loud and clear. People want justice and stability and we will ensure accountability," he added.